KAFA ‘remorseful’ after commentsThe Korean Academy of Film Arts (KAFA) released a statement on Tuesday saying that they were “deeply remorseful” in response to actor Yoon Ji-hye’s comments on the dark side of the local film industry in regard to the upcoming film “Clean Up” over the weekend.
“There exists contrasting opinions from the director and other staff members over what Yoon had criticized,” said the Academy. “We are planning on forming an investigative team to analyze the problems and causes more thoroughly.”
Over the weekend, Yoon wrote on her Instagram account that she was coming forward because she “couldn’t stand to see her photos on the set used for promoting the film.”
Yoon explained on Saturday that the film “Clean Up” was part of a student project film for the KAFA and that the production costs were very low to begin with, as was her payment. Although the producers originally wanted her to feature in the film without any payment, the actor insisted at least a formality of payment and accepted a payment of about 1 million won ($860), still well below the minimum wage.
Though she initially accepted the terms, saying that she chose her passion over money, the actor described her experience on set as a “porno of unhappiness.”
According to Yoon, there were no safety measures or regulated areas on the set, and the director only monitored the film from behind several screens and yelled “Cut!” or “Ready, Action!”
Yoon also criticized the working hours, claiming that she had to shoot night and day on set for a month. Since her character had to suffer through unmeasurable amount of guilt, she said that it was not only physically but also emotionally exhausting for her to be filming nonstop.
The film is scheduled to be released in local theaters on Thursday.
By Lee Jae-lim